Thursday, 9 June 2011

Prosecutors reject Federation of Trade Unions' accusations of interfere in federation's activity

The Prosecutor General's Office has not interfered in the statutory activity of the Federation of Trade Unions, but has conducted checks on the lawfulness of actions by the federation's leadership regarding the transfer of state property, Deputy Prosecutor General Viktor Zanfirov has said.

"The Prosecutor General's Office conducted checks on the legality of actions by the Ukrainian Federation of Trade Unions' leadership while concluding agreements on the transfer of state property," the deputy prosecutor general said at a press conference in Kyiv on Wednesday.

According to him, the PGO received numerous addresses from public organizations, MPs and citizens on illegal plans by the federation's leadership to transfer a range of health improvement and recreation facilities to commercial structures.

According to Zanfirov, the PGO conducted checks on these reports and established that the Federation of Trade Unions' presidium at a meeting on May 24, 2011 approved a range of projects on the transfer of 25 facilities operating by Ukrprofozdorovnytsia, which was created by the federation, and Ukrproftour (the facilities are located in 10 regions).

On May 23, the PGO sent an improvement notice to the federation’s leadership to postpone the consideration of this issue, but according to Zanfirov, the notice was left without consideration.

In addition, on May 24, the Federation of Trade Unions also agreed an investment project and the conditions of an investment agreement on the construction of a hotel and office complex and the reconstruction of the federation's building at 2 Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv, with the transfer of a land plot with an area of over 1.5 hectares for these purposes.

Under the agreement, 20% of the built on areas were transferred to the federation's ownership, and 80% to the investment company with which the agreement was concluded.

Zanfirov said that the Federation of Trade Unions failed to submit all documents requested by the PGO. According to him, these documents were only partially submitted following the issuing of a warrant on personal responsibility.

The deputy prosecutor general accused the Federation of Trade Unions of carrying out illegal activities.

On May 23, the Prosecutor General's Office sent an improvement notice to Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions Vasyl Khara with a requirement to prevent the illegal transfer of trade union property in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, in particular, health improvement and recreation facilities.

The PGO started investigating possible violations due to reports in the media of the possible illegal transfer of property of health improvement and recreation establishments.

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